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Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

Posted on: March 1, 2010 5:21 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2010 9:23 pm
 

Thank you for using CBSSports.com.  Whether this is your first visit to CBSSports.com or you’re a long-time “SportsLiner,” I appreciate your interest and feedback.

If you find a bug, need help for something unrelated to the site redesign, or otherwise need customer service, please contact us through the Help center so that we can respond directly to you.

You can of course discuss the changes with me and other users by posting a message below.  If you have an idea to improve the site, please let me know.  Most of the great ideas we have put into the site over the years have come from customers.

Who is Patrick Herde?

As Vice President of Product Management, I oversee the user experience on the site: layout and design, all consumer products such as Fantasy Sports, NCAA Tournament bracket games, our GameTrackers and other statistical applications, NCAA March Madness on Demand, the CBSSports.com Community, CBS Sports Mobile, and more.

About the CBSSports.com redesign

The changes on the site today are the first of many that we’ll release over the coming months in order to better present everything that CBSSports.com offers (deep coverage of pro, college, and high school sports and industry leading fantasy news and games all within the context of the best fan community online) make the site easier for you to use, and make it faster.

You’ll note that most of the enhancements in this first release largely affected the masthead and color palette.  Rest assured that more profound changes are on the way.

Here are some of the improvements we made today and why

New location for accessing your profile: we moved “your stuff” to the narrow horizontal bar at the top of the page to make it easier for you to access—even while you scroll.  What we internally call the "open bar" currently contains your log-in, favorite teams, account and profile links, link to the Help center, and MyLinks (formerly “My QuickLinks”), but we’re adding new features later this year that I think will make it an even more important part of your daily experience on the site.

Redesigned navigation: although improvement of visual cues and the re-org of the menu items may be subtle, we believe those changes will make it easier for you to find your way around the site—and also easier to know where you are on the site as you navigate. 

Also…

  • If you’re a fantasy sports gamer, you’ll appreciate the new “Fantasy” menu that brings order to your team logos if you’re playing more than one sport.  The drop-down now includes links to our Fantasy News site, which has been very difficult to find historically on CBSSports.com.
  • Fans of high school sports, high school athletes, and coaches will appreciate that our high school site, MaxPreps, is easier to find.
  • “More Sports” has been organized into Pro and College sports.  You’ll notice that we link to NCAA.com for coverage of several college sports such as baseball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and more.  You may not be aware, but NCAA.com is also managed by the CBSSports.com team.

New colors: we moved away from the lighter palette in the masthead and background image in order to make a differentiated impression with the CBS Sports brand.  As the lighter palette is favored by Web design experts for better legibility, you’ll see today and in later stages of the CBSSports.com redesign this year that we preserve it inside the content area below the masthead.

Less clutter and faster: we removed search ads from the content sections of the site and removed all ad networks (advertising not sold by CBS)—reducing clutter and making the site faster.  We’ll be taking steps throughout the year to reduce page load duration.

We heard you...MyLinks and Message Board links are back: we responded to users who participated in the Beta test over the last three weeks and were vocal about the popularity of “My QuickLinks”—now “MyLinks”—and the “Message Board” links in the drop-downs.  Among other fixes, we restored those features that had been eliminated before the Beta.  This is exactly why we want your feedback.

Let us know your thoughts

So those are highlights of this first phase of the CBSSports.com redesign.  Feel free to leave a comment below to share with me or discuss with other users.  I welcome your thoughts—both positive and critical.

Again, if you find a bug, need help for something unrelated to the site redesign, or otherwise need customer service, please contact us through the Help center so that we can respond directly to you.

Why should you read this blog?

Check back for future posts. As I’ve done today, I'll update this blog, sharing information about new CBSSports.com features as we release them and future product plans. 

Thanks again for using CBSSports.com.

Patrick

Category: General
Comments

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2010 5:44 am
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

I really like the new update!!!  It is finally something different and the new update actually looks good!!! 


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